GOP senator breaks ranks, calls for firing of Gonzales
A Republican U.S. senator is now calling for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to be fired, according to breaking reports.
"We need to have a strong, credible attorney general that has the confidence of Congress and the American people," Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) told the Associated Press. "Alberto Gonzales canít fill that role."
"I think the attorney general should be fired," he said.
Earlier today, The Hill reported on Sununu's growing dissatisfaction with the Department of Justice.
Sununu said that his "confidence level [in Gonzales] was weak to begin with."
Further, Sununu said he had "real concerns over leadership at the Justice Department a year and a half ago," while the Patriot Act was being reauthorized, according to The Hill.
Saturday Sununu expressed disappointment in what he called a "failure of supervision, management, and frankly of leadership" regarding the FBI's misuse of the Patriot Act to gather information on citizens, reported the AP. Sununu said that Gonzales, along with FBI Director Robert Mueller, was at least partially responsible.
Sununu's office released the following press release:
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC - United States Senator John Sununu (R-NH) today (3/14) recommended that the President fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Sununu issued the following statement:
"During the next two years, our nation must address critical questions affecting the investigation, pursuit, and prosecution of terrorism at home and abroad. In this effort, we must have a strong, credible Attorney General who holds the confidence of Congress and the American people.
"I do not believe Alberto Gonzales can fill that role. The President should fire the Attorney General and replace him as soon as possible with someone who can provide strong, aggressive leadership prosecuting the war on terrorism, running the Department of Justice, and working with the President and Congress on important homeland security matters.
"When the Patriot Act was due to be reauthorized two years ago, the Attorney General failed to address bi-partisan concerns early in the process, resulting in a Senate filibuster and unnecessary delays in passing legislation.
"During the same period, the Justice Department gave assurances to Congress with regard to the use of National Security Letters. The recent Inspector General's report has shown that our worst fears regarding the documentation and oversight of National Security Letters were all too real.
"Finally, the Attorney General failed to exercise effective supervision in the recent dismissal of United States Attorneys. These failures have created a deep, widespread lack of confidence in the ability of the Attorney General to effectively serve the President at a very important time."